Rifle slings are not really a necessity when hunting in the African bush. However, they are useful on occasions when you are walking very long distances and carrying your rifle without a sling may overtire your arms. If you do need to shoot with tired arm muscles, it may cause shaking when it comes to aiming.
Rifle slings usually come in widths from 1 inch to 2 inches and are adjustable for length. The heavier the rifle, the wider the sling should be for comfort. They are usually made of leather, synthetic webbing material such as nylon or closely-woven canvas.
If you buy a new leather rifle sling, break it in like your hunting boots, so it is comfortable before arriving on safari.
This Leatherman Universal Rifle Sling is made of leather. The end straps fasten to any rifle or shotgun without using swivels. One end slides over the butt of the stock and attaches around the wrist of the gun like a slip knot. The other end grips the muzzle and doesn't interfere with the use of sights. Buy Now
You'll tire less and hunt better when you carry your rifle with a Safari Sling. The 2" wide strap enhances comfort and hands-free carry. The sling allows you to shoot directly from the carry position. It is made of strong 100% synthetic webbing and adjusts easily with one hand. Buy Now
This Hunter Company rifle sling is in the 'cobra' style and is made with top-grain leather and rugged nylon stitching. It features suede-lined shoulder pads for a firm grip on your shoulder and fits 1" swivels. Buy Now
This Vero Vellini wide-top rifle sling with swivels offer more durability and comfort. If you are carrying a heavier rifle, or simply want more support, the classic air cushion slings feature edge piping around the entire neoprene pad. Buy Now
This padded rifle sling is super-comfortable and allows rapid, one-handed adjustment to extend, shorten or set into place. There are no buckles, hooks or fasteners. Comes fully assembled with detachable, quick-release swivels. Buy Now
The Art Of The Rifle by Jeff Cooper (1997). Riflecraft has been completely ignored since World War II, says Jeff Cooper, America's foremost rifle instructor. To remedy this situation, he took it upon himself to set down the fine art of the rifle before it was lost forever. In his no-holds-barred style, Cooper instructs you in everything you need to know about shooting the rifle, while entertaining you with tales of marksmanship, combat and big-game hunting. Includes his thoughts on the sling and its use in the field. Kindle Version